Manchester resident Odessa Powers recently celebrated her 100th birthday! Having been born in Alabama on December 7th, 1913, Odessa Powers has lived through many historical events including Pearl Harbor and the Great Depression. After moving to Tennessee many years ago, Odessa farmed and was employed in numerous positions throughout Manchester and Tullahoma. When asked what she thought was the secret to long life, Odessa quickly replied “Hard work! You can’t just sit down and sit there…You’ve got to get up and go:” a lifetime motto that she has certainly taken to heart. Odessa is currently looking forward to celebrating this Christmas and all the days that God has left in store with her family and her friends. To learn more about Odessa’s story, watch our Thunder TV news video online at WMSRradio.com.
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During his 48 and 1/2 years working for the City of Tullahoma, he held positions as policeman, the first Building Inspector and Fire Inspector and in 1975 he became the Fire Chief, which he held until his retirement in 1992.
CB requested memorials be directed to the Tullahoma Fire Department Toys for Tots Program, 613 South Jackson Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388 or to Faith Lutheran Church, 101 Bragg Circle, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388.
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Golf Cancelled But Run/Walk and Breakfast Fundraiser Will Be Held For Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center
The Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center Long John golf tournament has been cancelled due to weather. The event was set for Saturday at Willowbrook Golf Course.
The 5K/Run will at Willowbrook will held along with pancake breakfast at Boskey’s.
So please come on out to help support the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center.
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John Earl Norton, 37, was accused of having sex with a female from the time she was 10-years-old until she was 18 years old.
The Tullahoma News reports that Norton pleaded guilty to three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, three counts of incest and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure that involved a second female who was between 13 and 18 years old.
He will be transported to the Tennessee Department of Correction.
Norton was represented by Public Defender Jess Stockwell. Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder prosecuted the case.
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The man shot on the court square in Manchester last week is now listed in critical but stable condition. Dr. Harry Bartee, who was shot remains in Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. His wife Brenda, remains in the Coffee County Jail. Yesterday General Sessions Judge Jere Ledsinger raised her bond to $500,000. The bond was lowered last week to $250,000 from $1,000,000 the day after the shooting. Judge Ledsinger was made aware that Brenda Bartee had been charged with domestic violence earlier this year in Coffee County and in Mississippi. There was also an order of protection against her in Mississippi so he raised the bond $500,000 amount.
According to Manchester Police Dr. Harry Bartee was at the office of attorney’s Rogers, Duncan and North with his wife Brenda Bartee for a meeting. After the meeting broke up that’s when shots were heard around the square.
Two deputies from Bedford County were shopping at Toliver’s Pawn and Jewelry when they heard the shots and ran to the location three doors down. 47-year-old Brenda Bartee of Tullahoma was seen holding a 40 cal. hand-gun, and Dr. Bartee was on the ground bleeding from being apparently shot by his wife. She released the gun and was taken into custody. According to Chief Investigator Billy Butler with the Manchester Police Department said the couple is in the process of divorcing.
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Dallas Lavender, 54, of Deer Lodge, TN and Stephanie Williams of Lancing, TN were charged with possession of schedule II, schedule III, schedule IV, two counts manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance. Lavender was also charged with unlawful possession of weapon.
After police received a tip they went to the motel and went to a room they smelled the “strong odor of marijuana.” After police got permission to enter the room they found several bags of marijuana, two clear pipes with burn marks on them, a set of digital scales and a piece of “rock” like material that appeared to be methamphetamines. The officers also located a black pouch that contained Aderral tablets, one Hydrocodone and one Valium.
The officers allege that the marijuana weighed six grams and the meth weighed 1.7 grams.
Outside the room police found inside Lavendar’s pickup a large plastic baggy containing 1.6 oz of marijuana and a set of digital scales. While searching the truck Manchester Police found a 9 millimeter pistol and a fake U.S. Marshal’s badge.
Both were booked into the Coffee County Jail on the charges.
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According to police reports, the checks were taken from the attorney’s office in April of this year. A check for $459.83 was written on the lawyer’s account by 44 year old Sandra Gail Woodall of Green Hall Road, Decherd to the Walmart in Tullahoma. According to police, she purchased a Eureka vacuum and a Shark vacuum, and a service agreement on each as well as baked chicken from the Tullahoma store.
Woodall was charged with theft of property. She was released on a $10,000 bond.
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Botts, 32, of Park Motel, Manchester was charged with the robbery of $3,500 from Carlos Manuel Jimenez Del Cid on November 13 in the Park Motel.
Two other women were arrested earlier in connection with this case.
Lena M Arp, 27, of Dixie Court, Manchester was charged with robbery and violation of probation and Lisa M. Lemons, 36, of Park Motel located on the Hillsboro Boulevard in Manchester was charged with robbery, prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to a report by Manchester Police Officer Mitchell West, on Nov. 13 Del Cid was flagged down as he passed the Park Motel in Manchester and asked if he would be interested in having sex. When Del Cid asked how much, Lemons told him that the price would be $100. The man agreed to the price and entered a room in the motel with Lemons. After taking his clothes off Del Cid was allegedly robbed of his money.
A teenage boy that was in the motel room is facing drug charges as officers located two hypodermic needles in his sock.
Police have now recovered $300 more of Del Cid’s money for a total of $2,900.
Botts is being held on a $30,900 bond.
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